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With a flair for the literal and a cape to match Thor’s, Paul Bettany’s Vision is the undisputed Mvp ofThe Avengers: Age of Ultron. Bettany’s graduation from Jarvis to Vision, however, took a lot more than just red makeup.
Executive producer Victoria Alonso and visual effects supervisor Christopher Townsend escort us behind the scenes of Joss Whedon’s Age of Ultron for an exclusive look at how Vision came to life. No, it doesn’t involve Iron Man’s A.I. obsession or a rebellious Ultron, but rather a visual effects process called the “Uncanny Valley.”
What is the “Uncanny Valley,” and why is it so important to the character of Ultron? Let’s have Victoria and Christopher explain in the Canadian debut of bonus features from Age of Ultron’s home video release!
- Sasha James
Robots have been a staple on the big screen for many decades, showing up as far back as Fritz Lang’s 1927 classic Metropolis and as recently as Alex Garland’s 2015 film Ex Machina. With numerous depictions of robots have come numerous ideas of what they look like, what they’re capable of, whether they’re good or evil, and other such concerns.
Now vimeo user Mennomail has made a mashup of the various robotic representations on the big screen over the years. The video is set to both Fractals by Monea Music and Ich Will by Rammstein, and highlights both the similarities and differences in how robots have been depicted by various filmmakers. Mennomail also released a list of films from which scenes appear, which is as follows:
Films used (in alphabetical order)
1. Automata (2014)
2. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
3. Artificial Intelligence: AI (2001)
4. Alien (1979)
5. Aliens (1986)
6. Bicentennial Man (1999)
7. Big Hero 6 (2014)
8. Blade Runner »
- Deepayan Sengupta
“Any film from Steven Spielberg is an event film, so it felt right to date this thrilling new project from one of our greatest filmmakers for the holiday season," said Dan Fellman
The last time Spielberg worked with WB he released A.I. Artificial Intelligence. Spielberg is also working with Microsoft to create a Halo TV Series that has been rather quiet for over a year, but is still in development.
There are no casting details »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Dustin Spino)
The game is on in 2017. Warner Bros. Pictures, Village Roadshow Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures’ Ready Player One – the already much-anticipated sci-fi action adventure, to be directed by Steven Spielberg – has been slated for release on December 15, 2017.
The announcement was made today by Dan Fellman, President, Domestic Distribution; Sue Kroll, President, Worldwide Marketing and Distribution; and Veronika Kwan Vandenberg, President, Worldwide Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.
A three-time Academy Award winner, Spielberg (“Schindler’s List,” “Saving Private Ryan”) is directing Ready Player One, based on Ernest Cline’s bestseller of the same name, which has become a worldwide phenomenon.
The film is being produced by Spielberg; Donald De Line, under his De Line Pictures banner; Dan Farah; and Spielberg’s longtime colleague Kristie Macosko Krieger; with Bruce Berman serving as executive producer. De Line and Farah originally brought the project to Warner Bros.
- Melissa Thompson
Clearly, Steven Spielberg continues to waste no time as he churns out movies. With "Bridge of Spies" set to open this October through Twentieth Century Fox, and Melissa Mathison's adaptation of "The Bfg" in post-production for Disney/Dreamworks July 2016 release, the filmmaker returns to Warner Bros. (where he made “Empire of the Sun,” “The Color Purple” and “A.I. Artificial Intelligence") for Village Roadshow and DreamWorks' “Ready Player One." The sci-fi action adventure that is slated for release on December 15, 2017. Based on Ernest Cline’s bestseller, the film is produced by Spielberg; Donald De Line; Dan Farah; and Spielberg’s longtime colleague Kristie Macosko Krieger, with Village Roadshow's Bruce Berman as executive producer. De Line and Farah brought the project to Warner Bros. Bob Zemeckis fell out of the movie during development; Zak Penn did one pass on the adaptation. More details here. »
- Anne Thompson
Welcome to today's edition of Nerd Alert, where we have all the quirky, nerdy news that you crave in one convenient spot. What do we have in store for you on this tantalizing Thursday? We have a breakdown of how X-Men: Days of Future Past differs from the comics it was based on, a video that breaks down Hot Toys' toy-crafting process and an extensive Back to The Future retrospective. But first, find out how Inside Out should have ended. So, sit back, relax and check out all that today's Nerd Alert has to offer.
How Inside Out Should Have Ended
How It Should Have Ended is tackling Inside Out this week, which shows how "brain farts" really work and what happens when someone's mind is blown. It's a wonderful but brief video that pokes fun at the movie without actually tearing into it too much. Inside Out is doing just fine, »
Back in the year 2000, director Steven Spielberg had been slated to direct Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, but he passed on the project, opting to take his career in a different direction by taking on both A.I. Artificial Intelligence (check out a recent visual study of the film) and Minority Report (which is […]
- Ethan Anderton
There is an abundance of visual essays online pertaining to the films of both Stanley Kubrick and Steven Spielberg. So perhaps it’s fitting that there's one devoted to “A.I. Artificial Intelligence,” the film Kubrick developed for twenty years before handing the project off to Spielberg, who wrote and directed it after Kubrick’s death. When “A.I.” finally came out in 2001, naturally many wrestled with whether or not Spielberg did Kubrick’s project justice. What portions of the film seemed tied to Kubrick? Which originated with Spielberg? Read More: 10 Essential Movies About Artificial Intelligence Benjamin Sampson’s video essay on the movie is meant to be a visual study, but goes significantly beyond simple comparison between the two filmmakers. Instead, Sampson is more interested in the ways in which their sensibilities complemented and bounced off each other. He argues that these dual sensibilities are key towards a better understanding of the themes of the movie. »
- Ken Guidry
While some movies are immediately beloved and acclaimed, destined to be one of the films we talk about every year for decades, others come and go without much pomp and circumstance. One of those movies seems to have been A.I. Artificial Intelligence, the former Stanley Kubrick project that was completed by Steven Spielberg and released […]
- Ethan Anderton
A gorgeous, almost painterly tale of two siblings trying to reach home, but waylaid by witches, owls and faeries
No animation has ever won the Oscar for best film, yet this year’s animated feature nominees – which included The Tale of The Princess Kaguya, The Boxtrolls, and Song of the Sea – proved that some of the world’s most adventurously entertaining cinema is being created outside of the “live action” arena. This superb Irish animation from the director of 2009’s The Secret of Kells is a treat; an enchanting and very moving “family film”. Once again, the story is rooted in Irish folklore, with selkies, giants and faeries slipping in and out of a tale of a vanished mother, a grieving father, and two lost but resourceful children trying to make their way home.
- Mark Kermode
Read More: 'Changeling,' 'Serena' and More on Netflix This July (Plus Indiewire's Picks) On June 21, HBO Now released the highly anticipated second season of "True Detective," along with launching their latest original series, "The Brink" and "Ballers." All three series will run through July, but that's not all they're up to this month. Check out the films that will be coming to the new streaming platform, including recent releases like "Horrible Bosses 2" and "The Drop," with Noomi Rapace, Tom Hardy and the late James Gandolfini, classics such as "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" and "A.I. Artificial Intelligence," and Spanish language releases coming from Uruguay, the Dominican Republic and more. In addition, we have a list of films to watch before they are removed from streaming on July 31, as well as our own picks for what you can't miss (in bold). Available 7/1 Indiewire Pick: "A.I. Artificial »
- Sara Itkis
Read More: 'Changeling,' 'Serena' and More on Netflix This July (Plus Indiewire's Picks) On June 21, HBO Now released the highly anticipated second season of "True Detective," along with launching their latest original series, "The Brink" and "Ballers." All three series will run through July, but that's not all they're up to this month. Check out the films that will be coming to the new streaming platform, including recent releases like "Horrible Bosses 2" and "The Drop," with Noomi Rapace, Tom Hardy and the late James Gandolfini, classics such as "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" and "A.I. Artificial Intelligence," and Spanish language releases coming from Uruguay, the Dominican Republic and more. In addition, we have a list of films to watch before they are removed from streaming on July 31, as well as our own picks for what you can't miss (in bold). Available 7/1 Indiewire Pick: "A.I. Artificial...
- Sara Itkis
Terminator Genisys opens up this weekend, and the reviews are quite mixed. "The movie's willingness to veer crazily off-course feels less objectionable than the monotony and sense of self-parody that kick in long before the whimper of a finish," Justin Chang wrote in Variety. It has an anemic 25 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, but we'll probably see it anyway due to our undying love of the first two movies.
Now we have a question for you: Who is the greatest robot character in movie history? Feel free to vote for »
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart team up in this comedy about a rich hedge-fund manager who is sentenced to San Quentin; desperate for tips on how to survive prison, he looks for help from a black businessman, assuming he'll know what to do. That's not racist at all! As it turns out, Hart's businessman has never even had a parking ticket, so it's the blind leading the blind. The Blu-ray has tons of extras, including an unrated cut of the film, a gag reel, deleted scenes, and these featurettes: "Just Put Your Lips Together and Blow," "Get Hard Line-o-Ramas," "The Kevin Hart Workout," "Face Off with Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart," "-Ferrell Fighting," "A Date with John Mayer, »
- Gina Carbone
As reported by Deadline, Stanley Kubrick’s written script for The Downslope will now be made into a film series by World War Z and Finding Neverland director Marc Forster, who will serve as producer for all three films and director for the first. Kubrick wrote the script in 1956 after his film Fear and Desire hit theaters, and before he started working on Paths of Glory. The film is said to be “a sweeping, historical action-drama,” according to Deadline, and will revolve around the Civil War. The first film of the trilogy will be based on Kubrick’s script and concept, and the subsequent films will expand on his original ideas and focus on the after-effects of the Civil War.
Kubrick’s death in 1999 has obviously not stopped his ideas from reaching the big screen, as seen with Spielberg’s film A.I. Artificial Intelligence in 2001. That film was brought about »
As one would expect from the ever audacious, thoughtful filmmaker, there are more than a few projects Stanley Kubrick developed but never brought to the screen. Though efforts have been made in the past to bring his unfinished works to life, namely through Steven Spielberg's A.I. Artificial Intelligence or the multiple rumors over the years to satisfy his vision of Napoleon in the form of a film or mini-series, most were put to rest with the filmmaker back in 1999. But apparently one of his earliest unmade screenplays -- 1956's The Downslope -- was dusted off the shelves somewhere in Hollywood recently, and director Marc Forster (World War Z) has decided to take a stab at bringing Kubrick's lost script to the screen. And because it's Hollywood, it'll be not just one film but an entire trilogy. Forster's only attached to direct the first, but plans to produce all three installments, »
- Will Ashton
We look at the films that slipped through Hollywood's net, from biblical epics to a time travelling Gladiator sequel...
This article contains a spoiler for Gladiator.
If you're one of those frustrated over the quality of many of the blockbusters that make it to the inside of a multiplex, then ponder the following. For each of these were supposed to be major projects, that for one reason or another, stalled on their way to the big screen. Some still may make it. But for many others, the journey is over. Here are the big blockbusters that never were...
The late Michael Crichton scored another residential on the bestseller list with his impressive thriller, Airframe. It was published in 1996, just after films of Crichton works such as Jurassic Park, Rising Sun, Disclosure and the immortal Congo had proven to be hits of various sizes.
So: a hit book, another techno thriller, »
As director and producer, few storytellers have utilized the wonderment and fascination (and sometimes horror) of children as points-of-entry into the wonderment and fascination of the adult world more effectively than Steven Spielberg has. Conversely, Spielberg has also masterfully used the normalized responses of children to the abnormal as an approach to disarm world-weary grown-ups. From Cary Guffey in "Close Encounters" to Henry Thomas and Drew Barrymore in "E.T." to Heather O'Rourke in "Poltergeist" to Christian Bale in "Empire of the Sun" to Haley Joel Osment in "A.I." to Dakota Fanning in "Taken" and "War of the Worlds," Spielberg has always know that there's something pure and primal in the reactions of children and that those reactions can be used to steer the reactions viewers of all ages. Steven Spielberg is one of the executive producers of ABC's new "the kids are not alright" drama "The Whispers," but his participation »
- Daniel Fienberg
2015 has undoubtedly been Alicia Vikander’s breakthrough year with fantastic lead parts in the thought provoking sci-fi thriller Ex Machina and the harrowing World War I drama Testament Of Youth, which is now available digitally and will arrive on Blu-ray and DVD from 25th May. However, this rise to the fore is by no means out of the blue for Vikander, who showed promise as a leading actress in A Royal Affair in 2012 and then went on to hold her own opposite the likes of Keira Knightley in Anna Karenina and Benedict Cumberbatch in The Fifth Estate. In this feature we take a look at the very best of Alicia Vikander.
Anna Karenina (2012)
Anna Karenina is a bold, theatrical adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s timeless novel by Academy Award winner Tom Stoppard. The film was the third collaboration of Academy Award nominee Keira Knightley with acclaimed director Joe Wright, but »
- Jazmine Sky Bradley
Press Release (via TV By the Numbers) -- New York, NY – May 14, 2015 – "AMC today announced its new eight-part drama series “Humans” will premiere Sunday, June 28th at 9:00 p.m. Et/Pt. Set in suburban London, “Humans” takes place in a parallel present where the latest must-have gadget for any busy family is a Synth – a highly developed, artificially intelligent servant eerily similar to its living counterpart. Penned by British writing partners Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley (“Spooks,” Spooks: The Greater Good) and based on the award-winning Swedish sci-fi drama “Real Humans,” the series explores the emotional impact that comes as the lines between humans and machines become increasingly blurred. This bold new series is produced in conjunction with the »
- Derek Anderson
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